If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. 1 Timothy 4.6
Word of Hope
Today is National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th. It encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their ideas in return.
Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis. It would be fun for a group of people to get together and share ideas. People could share their thoughts and concepts and also learn from each other, while gathered in a social grouping.
Groups of people benefit from the skills of others, and the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team. Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group creating opportunities for everyone.” (National Day Calendar).
While I cannot say that Paul’s words to Timothy were the inspiration for Swap Ideas Day, the spirit of the day is there. Paul is encouraging Timothy to share the Good News. And I cannot be sure that Paul intends Timothy “swap” ideas; that is to take in the idea of others.
However, if you are fortunate enough to be in one of the COH small groups, every week has a Swap Ideas day. And this is a good thing. Hearing how the week’s teaching impacts others in a group; offering your ideas; swapping news brings everyone closer and creates a sense of family. I believe this is what Paul was aiming for and I believe it is the kind of thing Jesus wanted.
But, on this National Swap Day, I want to encourage you to find someone and sit and have a chat. Don’t be afraid to share an unusual idea you have. We all have those strange ideas which we feel might not pass muster in general day to day activities. But do be open to sharing and open to receiving the ideas of others. Who knows what you will learn; what new ideas will be born; what seeds will be planted?
Creator God from whose thoughts and words our very being came; open our hearts and minds to new ideas and new ways of seeing things. Bring us understanding and love of others that they can be open to us as well.
Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare